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The Rays could become the worst team in the American League if they lose Crawford.
Yes, he is not officially gone yet, but we all know Carl Crawford will never re-sign with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays were a team on the rise over the last half-decade, winning the pennant in 2008, but allowing the franchise’s best player to walk is a terrible move.
Crawford is a true five-tool player, whose emerging power numbers could play well in small ballparks, especially the short porch in right at Yankee Stadium. He’s just a flat-out big game player that is built to play in the bright lights of New York, Boston or Anaheim.
By losing Crawford, along with other key cogs like Carlos Pena and Rafael Soriano, the Rays will no doubt fade back into obscurity. Small market clubs need to realize they need to spend money to make money.